Google has very recently revealed that the Android One powered edition of Motorola’s newest smartphone, the Moto X4, is now made available for preordering from the official website of its Project Fi wireless service. For those not familiar with Android One, it is essentially a super basic version of the world’s most widely used mobile operating system, which means it does not come with the usual bloatware added not only by phone makers but also by mobile operators. Google started the Android One project about three years ago, mainly as an effort to make Android devices more affordable and easily accessible, especially in mobile markets in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Later on, the initiative expanded to other countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, and recently the United States.
With regards to the Android One Moto X4, this development also marks the first time an Android One mobile device is being offered through Project Fi. As for the device itself, landing on Project Fi marks its official debut in the United States mobile market, and also grants it the distinction of being the only smartphone not made by Google to be offered by Project Fi. Formally introduced about three weeks ago during this year’s IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) tech event held in the city of Berlin in Germany, the Moto X4 has only been made available so far in a few European mobile markets.
Because Project Fi’s Moto X4 runs only on the Android One platform, it naturally does not have Amazon’s Alexa integrated into it, unlike the version that is being sold in Europe. Still, as far as midrange smartphone device options go, the Moto X4 is not bad -- it offers a 5.2 inch FHD display screen, with a resolution of 1.080 by 1,920 pixels, paired with a dual camera set up consisting of a 12 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel camera on the rear side, and a 16 megapixel selfie shooter on the front side. It also packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 chip set (eight core, 2.2 GigaHertz), the Adreno 508 graphics processing unit (GPU), complemented with 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 32 gigabytes of built in storage. It is also fitted with a capable 3,000 mah battery, and comes preloaded with Nougat.
The device is priced at $399 on Project Fi, but for those interested parties who are willing to trade in a Google Nexus handset, they can get to receive up to $165. If they swap not later than October 4th (which happens to be the unveiling date of the new generation Pixel devices), they will get a $50 Project Fi credit.
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